Chief of Staff

Ms. Virginia (Vee) Penrod, assumed the duties of the Chief of Staff, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness (OUSD P&R), on March 30, 2014.

As the Chief of Staff, Ms. Penrod serves as an enabler for the work the OUSD P&R needs to accomplish by providing concise and consistent guidance and assistance, and continuously identifying ways to improve processes and procedures to increase efficiency and expand upon P&R’s collective success.

A member of the Senior Executive Service, she is responsible for the management and day-to-day operations, including financial management, administration, personnel management, correspondence management, career development, space and facilities management services, internal management controls, foreign travel, and personnel security for the OUSD (P&R).

Prior to her assignment as the Chief of Staff, Ms. Penrod served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Personnel Policy beginning October 2010, where she was responsible for recruiting, retention, compensation, travel and the related human resource management for the 1.4 million Active Duty military members of the U.S. Armed Services.

A graduate of Chapman University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration, Ms. Penrod holds a Master of Business Administration Degree from Central Michigan University and a Master of Science Degree in National Resource Strategy from National Defense University.

Ms. Penrod's career includes 35 years of service in the Air Force in the field of manpower management at Air Force Logistics Command, executive-level management at the 601st Tactical Control Wing in Germany, and military personnel management, including Command at base level and personnel policy at Headquarters Air Force and the Air Force Personnel Center. 

She has also served as the Acting Principal Director and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Community and Family Policy from April through September 2010. 

Her awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Defense Superior Service Medal, and the Distinguished Executive Presidential Rank Award.


Ms. Virginia S. Penrod

Ms. Virginia S. Penrod